Prior to that, Mr. Kucher served as Chairman & CEO of Manex Entertainment, the entertainment industry conglomerate and parent company of Manex Visual Effects (Manex VFX or MVFX) the company responsible for the Academy Awards winning visual effects for Hollywood blockbuster films such as: “The Matrix” and “What Dreams May Come”. Manex Entertainment also provided a full suite of production services, studio space, stages, special effects, visual effects and production equipment to film projects that included: The Matrix Trilogy (1999, 2003, 2003) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Queen of the Damned (2002), Thir13en Ghosts (2001), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), The Animal (2001), Exit Wounds (2001), Almost Famous (2000), Bless the Child (2000), Mission: Impossible II (2000), Michael Jordan to the Max (2000), Romeo Must Die (2000).
Senior Managing Director
Gary Kucher is a successful investor and impact-driven CEO / CIO / Managing Partner. He is a Co-Founder and the General Partner of the Mongolia Fund. Mr. Kucher also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greece Growth Group, Hellas Investors Capital and Tengri Capital Management and he is the Chairman of the Board of Underground Network and Immersion Gate Entertainment. Mr. Kucher also currently serves on the Board of Mongolia Holdings and Mongolia Meats.
Mr. Kucher is a seasoned executive with numerous directorships and senior executive roles with both publicly traded and private companies. He has hands-on experienced with operations in hotel & casinos, real estate development, agriculture, mining, oil & gas, international operations, advertising, filmed entertainment, technology and venture capital. He has a strong background in investment banking having held privileged securities licenses: Series 7 and Series 24. He has provided consulting services for business acquisitions and other commercial finance transactions to financial and strategic buyers, stock offerings, spin-offs, leveraged buy-outs and joint ventures. He has sourced and executed M&A deals for leading companies and selected venture investments and has executed a variety of financing transactions with banks and other institutions including non-traditional lenders and private equity.
He previously served as CEO of the New York City based advertising company, Branded Media Corporation and as Chairman of the Board of its wholly owned subsidiary, the Executive Media Network (“EMN”). EMN held the exclusive rights to advertise in airport executive lounges for every major US airline, all over the world.
He previously served as CEO of Gary Player Golf, and was a partner in Los Angeles Steel, a cold rolled steel operation. Mr. Kucher built and ran two fully-licensed casinos in Colorado: the "Elk Creek Casino" & "Turf Club Casino". He is an accomplished executive with almost 30 years’ experience leading successful growth initiatives, turnaround strategies and startup companies. He's a results-oriented decisive leader with proven success in new market identification and strategic market positioning for large and small organizations. Mr. Kucher has a track record of increasing sales and growing the bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and cost reductions. He has always excelled in dynamic, demanding environments.
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